Think your week was hard? Tokyo salary man’s insane work diary goes viral

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QUARTZ/Global Voices (by Nevin Thompson): 

A recent video uploaded by prolific YouTube vlogger Stu in Tokyo has gone viral, so far reaching more than half a million views.

 The topic of video? A week in the life of a Tokyosalary man,” the common name in Japan for a salaried office worker.

Stu works for a British financial services company in Tokyo, he explains in the video. Typically the months of January, February and March are “crunch time,” requiring long hours. 

So, Stu decided to keep a video diary of just how much he works each day, and what he actually has time to do after he gets off work. It doesn’t turn out to be much of anything at all.

But that’s okay, says Stu. “There are definitely people in Tokyo who do this all year round in order to support their families. I couldn’t imagine having to do this if I had those kinds of responsibilities as well.”

There are signs this cornerstone of Japanese working corner is in the process of changing. Although current Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has floated the idea of eliminating regulations that limit daily working hours entirely, the government has in fact introduced plans to require Japanese salaried workers to take five days of paid vacation every year.

Until now, while many Japanese salaried employees receive paid vacation time as part of their compensation package, very few workers actually make use of it. Due to workplace culture, Japanese workers are reluctant to book vacation time on their own, leaving coworkers behind to pick up the slack. Instead, if Japanese workers do take a day off, they typically take one during one of Japan’s national holidays.

Japan currently has 16 nationally legislated holidays, the most of any G20 country (the UK has only 8 national holiday, and the US 10). The abundance of national holidays in Japan may compensate for long working hours and peer pressure that frowns on taking a day off for personal reasons.

However, when everyone in a nation of 126 million people goes on vacation at the same time on a national holiday, the result can be clogged rail lines, monster traffic jams, and long lines at airports. 

The new vacation labor regulations are an attempt at addressing this problem. There is also the hope that mandatory paid leave, combined with the large number of national holidays will spur tourism and in turn encourage consumer demand, stimulating Japan’s sluggish economy.

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“One of a Kind”: Beauty Vlogger Michelle Phan debuts as herself in new Dr. Diet Pepper commercial

Asian American beauty consultant Michelle Phan is featured as herself in a new Diet Dr. Pepper commercial.

The Vietnamese American has more than 5 million subscribers on YouTube giving out beauty tips in instructional videos.

The endorsement of Diet Pepsi is the latest milestone for Phan who was born in Boston before moving to Tampa.

Phan graduated to YouTube in 2007 after first launching a blog in 2005 and posting videos under the name Rice Bunny on Xanga.

She wrote on her YouTube page “I have big news to announce! It’s been hard to keep a secret, but I’m thrilled to share with you that I’ve partnered up with Diet Dr Pepper! This is the commercial that we made together. Thumbs up.”

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Makeup/beauty vlogger Michelle Phan rakes in $5 Million a year

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Michelle Phan, the queen of beauty on YouTube, will apparently rake in $5 million this year alone. Multiple sources inside the industry confirm to Cosmopolitan.com that Phan, the most famous beauty vlogger, will bring in $5 million this year, thanks to various endorsement deals.

Phan is a Vietnamese-American self-taught unlicensed make-up instructor and product demonstrator. She earned her net worth by posting make-up, beauty and fashion tutorials on YouTube and sometimes she uses the online alias ricebunny.

Born in Boston, MA to Vietnamese parents, Phan grew up in Massachusetts and California then settled in Tampa, Florida where she attended high school. She originally planned to take up medicine at the request of her mother but she enjoyed art and later convinced her mom to allow her to major in illustration. Her mother, who is a nail technician, was her inspiration. She attended dropped out of Ringling College of Art and Design and Massachusetts College of Arts and Design. As a student, she worked as a part-time waitress at a sushi restaurant.

Michelle Phan’s first post on makeup tutorials were in Xanga under the username Ricebunny. She then started posting on YouTube in 2006 and made around 200 videos. By January 2013, she already has over 3,050,000 subscribers and 706,950,000 video views. Her channel is the most subscribed beauty channel on YouTube. Her popular beauty tutorials include Romantic Valentine LookBrighter Larger Looking EyesMakeup for Glasses, and Mysterious Masquerade Look. Among her video tutorials, the most popular include the Lady Gaga Poker Face Tutorial with more than 33,000,000 million views, Lady Gaga Bad Romance Look with over 34,000,000 views, Romantic Valentine Look with over 8,000,000 and Seductive Vampire with more than 14,000,000 views. Special effects were used in her new Lady Gaga Bad Romance in January and this is the first for a makeup instructor. Buzzfeed profiled her in January 23, 2009 and her video turned into a viral one overnight.

Phan appeared in the Seventeen magazine on August 2009, the St. Petersburg Times on August 23, 2009, the Sun Sentinel on August 24, 2009 and on the popular blog BellaSugar on April 19, 2009. She was also featured in a Chilean newspaper for her Barbie video. She was published in the May 2010 issue of NYLON magazine as well as in OK and Instyle Magazine. She was hired by Lancome in 2010 and since then, her videos included Lancome beauty products.

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Makeup/beauty vlogger Michelle Phan rakes in $5 Million a year

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